If you’re like me, you probably have thousands of photos on your computer. Are they neatly organized or are they stuck in random folders and you have no idea where to find what you need? In this “Steps to Scrapbooking” installment, we’ll be discussing how to set up a file system to help you organize all of your digital photos.
Before we talk about organizing your photos, I am going to start with today’s P.S.A entitled: Back it up! Do you have a backup routine for your data and pictures? If not, now is the best time to start! A backup system will help keep your memories safe from disaster.
If you are on a Mac, you can use Time Machine to back up your entire hard drive or just certain folders (like documents and pictures) onto an external drive. If you are on a PC, Windows has built-in backup settings you can use to back up your folders. You can also back up your photos to CD/DVD, flash drives, or an online backup service. I would recommend using at least two different backup methods. This ensures that you will always have a backup if your primary hard drive fails.
Now, on with the organization! Here is a short tutorial I created to show you my system for organizing my photos. This is what works for me, and I hope it is helpful for you, too.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help in any way I can.
Do you back up your photos on a regular basis? Do you have your photos neatly organized on your hard drive?